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Zines at the Library of Congress

A guide to zine collections and research at the Library of Congress


Marjory Collins, photographer. New York, New York. Wire room of the New York Times newspaper. Copy boys mimeograph all incoming dispatches which are then passed through slot into newsroom. 1942. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

"A zine, short for fanzine or magazine, is a DIY & subculture self-publication, usually made on paper and reproduced with a photocopier or printer. Zine creators are often motivated by a desire to share knowledge or experience with people in marginalized or otherwise less-empowered communities" (Barnard Zine Library External)

The Library of Congress has a growing collection of zines. Additionally, the Library has hosted a Zine-Making Workshop at the National Book Festival annually since 2017. In general, zines are: self-published, self-created, self-distributed, and non-commercial. Zines resist formal definition, so the best way to get acquainted with the format is to start reading or making zines yourself. This guide will provide resources on how to do both! 

This guide serves as an introduction into zines and zine research. Using the sections of this guide, you will be able to learn more about:​

  • Zine Collections at the Library
    Includes information about searching for and requesting zines at the Library, zine directories, and some specifics about science fiction zines.
  • External Websites
    L​inks to sites with zine collections and information about how to create your own zines.
  • Using the Library of Congress
    Learn more about how to do research at the Library, access reading room websites, and watch tutorials.